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Our Team

Need to reach someone directly? Meet the talented team that keeps Ancestry Pet Food moving.

Barclay S. Bright, CEO

Barclay joined Ancestry Pet Food in January of 2016 as President, and then CEO. Prior to joining Ancestry, Barclay spent the previous 16 years in different roles within financial sales and private equity.

Barclay holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Amy, are living large raising five kids (5) and one (1) fretful lab-rescue, Aspen. Barclay and Amy are on track to be the youngest empty-nesters in history.

Weekends and nights, Barclay loves music, running, and hot sauce.

Kathy Simmons, Controller

Kathy has served as Queen Bee of All Things Cash & Administration since 2015. Before joining Ancestry, she served in similar roles within several Central Virginia early stage companies.  Raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, Kathy earned her accounting stripes as Controller of John Linkous VW-Mazda for nearly twenty years.

When not running numbers, Kathy is a reader, loves the beach, and makes a mean plate of nachos.

Patrick Kirby, Warehouse Manager
w: 434-328-3180

Patrick joined Ancestry in 2008 after eight years in the restaurant hospitality business. From 8 to 5, Patrick is all about orders: pallets, forklifts, layers, and bales. He oversees all wholesale order fulfillment, inventory management, and freight for Ancestry. And in his spare time, he makes 100% of the treat and food samples that keep the wheels of commerce turning.

Patrick grew up in nearby Richmond, Virginia and graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelors of Music Education. He and his wife, Katy, are expecting baby number one in March of 2017. Chipper (Shih Tzu) and Maddie (mix) are busy painting the nursery.

For fun, Patrick stays active and enjoys golf, softball, kickball, bowling, and Carolina Panther football.

Tom Zarek, Southeast Regional Sales Manager

(SC, GA, FL)
m: 845-709-1398


Scott Goriscak, National Sales Manager

(NC, VA, MD, DE, PA, NJ, NY, New England)
m: 862-266-7291

Scott is a legitimate pet industry veteran with more than thirty-five years of experience. What began in his family’s small chain of specialty pet stores has led to an accomplished career.

Prior to joining Ancestry in 2016, Scott held similar leadership positions within Artemis, Precise, and Nutro Products. At Ancestry, Scott was charged with the task of expanding the company’s Mid-Atlantic presence north into New York and New England. Scott’s a literal one-man food-moving machine with a passion for high quality kibble.

In a former life, Scott served in the United States Air Force. In the service, he studied both Management and Computer Science. Outside of the pet world, Scott is the proud father of five children. Interesting facts: Scott is both a published author and a retired powerlifter.